Tarek Habib Captan aka DJ Dusk
(1974 - 2006)
Master of ceremonies, Chief Selectah and Dee Jay - Habib & Janet Captan
blessed this world with his birth on Dec 1st, 1974 in Liberia, Africa.
They soon after moved to La Habra, CA where he grew up and by age 11, he was
DJing courtesy of his parents' gift of 2 turntables, a dj mixer & his
natural love for Hip Hop. He practiced and developed all elements of
Hip Hop including the 5th element, knowledge which he would use to fuel
his passion & pursuit for social justice.
By 1990 Dusk was writing PHRISK & was brought into the V.O.B. (Visions
of Brotherhood) crew which stood for raising consciousness through
Hip Hop. "White, Black, Yellow, or Brown, if we work as one we can
all get down" were the words that Dusk & V.O.B lived by. He attended
UC Santa Cruz for a few years further developing his skills in the
area of DJing & activism. And continued his studies at UCLA, where
he got his bachelors degree in sociology, organized the 1st national
Hip Hop Conference & would later teach an extension course he created
called "DJ as the Post Modern Musician". Most significantly during
this time, he would become involved in a mentoring program at the
Mar Vista Center where he volunteered & eventually worked changing
many lives until his last days.
Around 1994, he would meet CBS/Fly ID crew member DJ Rob One (RIP)
who musically mentored & influenced him greatly. Rob One introduced
Dusk & brought him into The LA chapter of The Universal Zulu Nation
(which he would later help in reviving in 2004). Soon after, he hosted
his own radio show on KPFK called "The Bridge". He then met MC T-Love
(with whom he co hosted the radio show "Strange Fruit") & Miles, becoming
the DJ for their Trio. Though short lived, that connection brought
him to the Rootdown family where he established himself as Master
of Ceremonies & Chief Selectah. He conceived LA's 1st ever Rootdown
Soundclash and emceed the legendary Brainfreeze LA party.
expand beyond Rootdown quickly to DJ for Bounce Rock Skate, Nappy
at the Roots, Descarga, Sound Lessons, the Thanksgivends Benefit,
Rootdown NYC & various other residencies that were always on fire
with his seamless, organic mix of Hip Hop, soul-jazz-funk, Jamaican,
Disco & Latin sounds. He had just begun to become a major promoter
with his Prima Lux roving parties. Dusk was in the motion of putting
his verses on wax & did so for the Breakestra's "Family Rap", though
unreleased as of yet. He is felt, heard, loved, respected & will always
be missed, dusk till dawn..........
The Root Down Sound System continues in his spirit for we know it would
be important to him that his family keeps spreading the word of
positive music and community love. His legacy will live on as we
continue to carry his words "We're not done, We're not done".